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Nickel & Diner Gives the Old-School Five-and-Dime a Gourmet Upgrade

For 117 years, the Woolworth Corporation operated one-stop shops that came to be known as “five-and-dimes”: a single source for pancakes, cosmetics, housewares, and hardware alike. It wasn’t until 1997 that the corporation shuttered its four hundred remaining locations, and in the past twenty years no institution has been both large and delicate enough to replicate Woolworth’s iconic stores. This past October, Nickel & Diner opened on Chinatown’s Howard Street in homage to the classic Woolworth counter, skipping the extras (no sandpaper for sale) and focusing on the food.

Though Nickel & Diner does not attempt to achieve the sheer variety of commodities on sale at the original five-and-dimes (even as the idea of the general store seems to be in fashion again, springing up in rejuvenated incarnations everywhere from Brooklyn to Bovina), the Dutch East Design firm brought on to create the space did faithfully mimic the 1950s–1960s American Lunch design aesthetic. Instead of simply piping in doo-wop music (the restaurant is in fact sweetly quiet), they’ve installed pleasing, perfectly spherical lightbulbs at each booth; spotlit their cute round barstools; embraced the clean surfaces of chrome, tile, and wood; and kept the color scheme simple at white, black, and blue-green.

The particular seafoam shade used for the booth upholstery may be a reference to the “seafoam salad,” a special at the original Woolworth stores: lime Jell-O, pears, cherries, and cream cheese. At Nickel & Diner there is, somewhat surprisingly, no cream cheese on the menu. The design is pure 1960, but the food is entirely 2017: We’ve got lox, but it’s served with “farm spinach and citrus hollandaise”; the outstanding buttermilk pancakes are treated only with “macadamia nuts, orange zest, sea salt”; the morning yogurt is Greek (more protein, less slimy); the french fries are dusted with rosemary; the BLT features an heirloom tomato; and the once merely orange side of mac ‘n’ cheese now comes loaded with gruyère, panko crumbs, and brightening jalapeño.

Nostalgia for a simpler, pre-organic time could easily cast this experience as overwrought or precious. But here chef James Friedburg (previously of the fine and farmy West Village restaurant Blenheim) asserts himself, trusts his talent, and saves the day: The food is beautiful, ambitiously delicious, and makes the best use of each modern contrivance. A Kale Cashew Bowl may not sound like breakfast, but after two bites you’ll be wildly grateful for the care and invention behind this dish: a gooey and perfectly poached egg spills onto a warm heap of chopped sweet potato, avocado, beans, asparagus, kale, cashews, and general unidentifiable hearty warmth. It’s just a marvel.

If you prefer more recognizable dishes, you can order your eggs served Benedict-style over English muffins, in a cheesy and rapturous bacon-egg sandwich ($8) on a poppy-seed kaiser roll, on fluffy toast with onions and peppers, or as an omelette. The bacon is normal and excellent. At lunch, a basic chicken soup is encouraged by a bit of ginger and dill; the salads are as big and tasty as the sandwiches. A complete dinner menu offers serious protein: Short rib, roasted chicken, pork chop, and rib eye are served from 6 to 10 p.m. (Unfortunately the restaurant is still awaiting its liquor license approval, so you can’t wash down your meat with a cocktail.)

That said, you might reasonably question the decision to spend $38 on a dry-aged rib eye for dinner at a diner. It’s not entirely clear yet what Nickel & Diner wants to be: fine dining dressed down, diner food dressed up, old fashioned, new fashioned, or all of the above. The space (formerly a hundred-seat Chinese buffet) is unusually large and would be more in keeping with L.A.’s proportions than NYC’s. The columns lining the building’s exterior are still a primary, Chinatown red, while the tabletops inside are painted over with sleek black-and-white geometric designs. One isn’t entirely sure where one is. But whether you opt for the plain burger or the roasted maitake mushrooms with ratatouille and “fine herbs garlic butter,” you’ll get a plate of great food. And I think it’s acceptable to appreciate that fact as simply as possible, to quiet down the questions and eat up.

Nickel & Diner
1 Howard Street
646-870-6100
nickelanddiner.com

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Best Weekend Food Events: MOFAD at Night, The Art of Roti Making, and Cassoulet Cookoff

MOFAD at Night
MOFAD (62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn)
Friday, 6:45 p.m.

MOFAD’s Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant will extend its viewing hours and is inviting guests to enjoy bites from local restaurants and two beers from Brooklyn Brewery. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved here.

Dominique Ansel X Jeremiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske Collaboration

Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 7th Ave S)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to Monday until sold out

Dominique Ansel and Wildair chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske teamed up to create an apple pie corn dog, which will be available this weekend only. The treat is made of roasted parsnip ice cream and caramelized apple coated in an almond biscuit and cornmeal batter. The dessert dogs – $7 each –  comes topped with apple cider caramel and crispy sweet potato chips flakes.

The Art of Roti Making
Big Belly Roti Shop (1290 Amsterdam Avenue)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how to make authentic roti at this hands on workshop, which includes lunch and a beverage of choice (wine, beer, or soft drink). Tickets are $20 per person; rsvp here.

Sunday Jazz Brunch
Delilah (155 Rivington Street)
Sunday, 12 p.m.

Delilah debuts a jazz brunch this Sunday highlighted by endless bloody marys or mimosas with a choice of entree. The menu offers scrambled eggs with chorizo, scallion and manchego, penne rigate carbonaro with peppered beef bacon, and lamb sliders. Brunch is $35 per person.

Cassoulet Cookoff
Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 East 7th Street)
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Warm up with a selection of unlimited cassoulets (French bean and meat stews) or try your hand at pleasing the crowd with your own recipe. Drinks will be available for additional purchase and those interested in participating can email foodkarma@gmail.com to register; reserve a $20 ticket in advance here.

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Best Weekend Food Events: Ugly Sweater Contest, New Brunch, Smoked Fish and Beer Pairing

Free Beer and Ugly Sweater Contest
Bierhaus (712 Third Avenue)
Friday, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bierhaus NYC is hosting an ugly sweater party with prizes and free beer available to those brave enough to rebel against fashion.

Japanese Brunch
Bessou (5 Bleecker Street)
Saturday and Sunday

Bessou recently unveiled a brunch menu featuring Japanese dishes like congee with fried prawns, green egg and chaashuu sandwiches, and dandan udon noodles.

Spiked Mug Fest and Holiday Bazaar
The Factory (30-30 47th Avenue, Queens)
Sunday, 11:30 am to 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy unlimited drinks while you browse for last-minute gifts at this walk-around tasting. The event also includes a selection of bites. Reserve a ticket ($39 for general admission) here.

ACME Smoked Fish and Beer Pairing
Greenpoint Beer and Ale (7 North 15th Street)
Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Acme Smoked Fish and Greenpoint Beer and Ale are teaming up for a smoked fish and beer tasting. Feast on four different types of smoked fish, each paired with one of the brewery’s beers. Tickets are $30. Reserve yours here.

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Best Weekend Food Events: Gallow Green Brunch, Cheese Pumpkin Party, and National Pizza Day

Gallow Green Opening Weekend Brunch
The McKittrick Hotel (542 West 27th Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop lounge Gallow Green is now open for the winter season and offering a weekend brunch. Drinks include hot cocktails like mulled wine, while an updated menu features wood-fired items like specialty pizza and a tarte flambe with bacon.

The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Celebration

Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 East 7 Street)
Saturday through Monday

Celebrate the Long Island cheese pumpkin (a type of pumpkin beloved for pie-making) with a weekend of activities dedicated to the regional vegetable, including a panel discussion, tastings, and a dessert competition. Guests can also sample Blue Point beer brewed with the pumpkin, and a five-course dinner featuring chefs from Cookshop and Rosies will be offered on Monday. Tickets for the events start at $15 and are available here.

A Taste of Tel Aviv
Archestratus Books + Foods (160 Huron Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tasting Table editor Devra Ferst is hosting a cooking class dedicated to the flavors of Tel Aviv. Select dishes include shakshuka with merguez, fresh hummus, and chocolate tahini truffles; R.S.V.P. here.

Blood Sausage Making Workshop
Estonian House (243 E. 34th Street)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to make traditional blood sausage in time for the holidays.  Instructors will lead a class on the easiest – and cleanest- way to make this dish, which is traditionally offered at Christmas. Additional blood sausage will be available for purchase. Reserve a $15 ticket here.

National Pizza Day Deal
Rossopomodoro (118 Greenwich Street)
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rossopomodoro is celebrating National Pizza Day with a free portafoglio (folded) style slice. The restaurant will offer the deal out of the back of their kitchen from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Best Weekend Food Events: Dim Sum Deal, Esperanto’s Anniversary, FoodPorn Fest

Dim Sum Dinner and Brunch
Kings County Imperial (20 Skillman Avenue, Brooklyn)
Friday and Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) and 11 a.m to 4 p.m. (Sunday)

King County Imperial is now offering a weekday dim sum dinner. For groups of up to six people, guests can try out vegetable, noodle, and dim sum dishes (including soup dumplings and chicken dumplings with cinnamon red oil). On the weekends, the dim sum brunch menu includes pork and shrimp shumai with hot water mustard, ginger congee, and a bunch of hangover-killing cocktails.

Esperanto’s 17th Anniversary Party
Esperanto (145 Avenue C)
Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Esperanto is celebrating seventeen years on Avenue C with a two-hour open bar and live entertainment. Sip on special sangrias and cachaça punch while chowing down on new seasonal dishes like octopus salad and braised oxtail.

Chicago Musical Brunch
The Lambs Club at the Chatwal (132 West 44th Street)
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lana Gordon — who plays Velma Kelly in Chicago  will perform on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Her performance will be followed by the Lambs Club Band during brunch service. Brunch ($68 for adults and $35 for children) includes duck confit latkes with poached eggs, a burger on toasted challah, and buttermilk pancakes among other dishes. Each Saturday throughout the month of November, a performer from Chicago will visit the Lambs Club to celebrate the musical’s twentieth anniversary on Broadway.

FoodPorn Fest
Shwick (395 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shwick is hosting a two-day pop-up celebration of food. The perfectly Instagrammable lineup of eats includes banh mi, cheesecake, barbecue and more from Brooklyn eateries.

Afternoon Tea Service

Garfunkel’s (67 Clinton Street, Second Floor)
Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Garfunkel’s is now offering an afternoon tea service featuring single estate teas from India. You can select your tea based off of garden, region, or type. The food menu — which can be paired with specific teas — will include danishes along with curry chicken.

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The American Diner Enters Its Rebellious Teen Years at Greenpoint’s Hail Mary

Most restaurant meals don’t come soundtracked by Khia’s 2002 oral sex anthem, “My Neck, My Back (Lick It).” Then again, most places aren’t rambunctious Greenpoint diner Hail Mary, whose plucky wife-and-husband team of Sohla and Hisham El-Waylly also recently served “Sex Pastrami” to honor infamous coital gourmand George Costanza at a Seinfeld viewing party.

After careers in some of the city’s most competitive kitchens, the chefs — who met as classmates at the Culinary Institute of America and married before graduating — opened this wonderfully oddball nostalgia-haven-on-acid in May. Hail Mary isn’t the first restaurant to put a modern spin on the American diner, and the El-Wayllys are far from the first culinary pros to renounce fine dining’s fastidious trappings in recent years, but they’re among the most playfully inventive to do so. An air of lighthearted rebelliousness pervades the deep, garage-like space thanks to kaleidoscopically kitschy décor (Tiffany lamps, yellow chrome barstools, orange floral wallpaper) and a broad menu that mingles curious original recipes and tinkered-with American classics. The pair are clearly kids at heart.

Hisham, who was brought up in an Egyptian-Bolivian household and raised in Qatar, goes by “Ham” for short. Sohla, the daughter of ice cream shop–owning Bengali immigrants, hails from Los Angeles. In their spectacles and black aprons (staff wear white ones, with the occasional tapered soda-jerk cap), they dart around the kitchen behind an industrial expanse of paned glass. They cook from a wide-ranging comfort food canon, whether that means fried green tomatoes with lively yogurt-buttermilk ranch or a head-and-foot-on grilled duck half served with Egyptian-style rice and duck tongue ragù.

Echoing how souvlaki and gyros wound up populating Greek diner and lunch counter menus, the El-Wayllys tip their hats to Middle Eastern shawarma. But instead of lamb or chicken, there’s octopus, the coins of spiced tentacle crowded around pistachio tahini, fried potatoes, and a pickled-onion salad that pops with citrusy Iranian barberries. At $19, it’s the most expensive of Hail Mary’s “nibbles,” the appetizer section where you’ll also find a deep-fried ball of burrata sitting in a pool of spicy marinara, the grande dame of mozzarella sticks. Another small plate reimagines broccoli-cheese soup as a cheddar-sauce-smothered charred whole stalk laid over crunchy yucca and broccoli purée. Despite the artful presentation, it’s familiar and comforting. Call it New Americana cuisine.

Five months in, and the El-Wayllys have found their voice, restructuring their menu to more closely align with modern dining habits, though it’s a far cry from your local greasy spoon embracing kale. Vegetables, like the leafy greens the kitchen sears and tosses with briny anchovy breadcrumbs and an electrifying combination of buttermilk and plum molasses, are shipped in from a farm in the Berkshires. Duck in triplicate (breast, terrine, offal salteña) comes with yeast-fermented cauliflower purée. Standards — eggs any style, turkey club, BLT — now huddle at the bottom of the menu under “diner classics.” But even there, the “American” cheese (a mix of gruyère, cheddar, and funky époisses) is made in-house, working wonders inside grilled cheese or melted over grass-fed beef for a double cheeseburger.

Hail Mary also uses pedigreed, extra-fatty Sasso birds for its sensational fried chicken, done in the hot-oil-drenched style of Nashville, only with outrageously spiced flour heavy on cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, and star anise. It appears to be a splurge ($32 for half, $58 for the whole bird), but heaped over corn and potato salads, pickles, and Sohla’s soft, chewy white bread, it’s more than enough to share. In fact, there’s unbridled richness all over this menu, so proceed with caution when ordering. Garlicky mayonnaise almost overwhelms a bowl of creamy sepia and shrimp fideos. “Carrots & potato,” hidden among the vegetable dishes, provides a sleeper gut-punch, the stretchy spuds suffused with obscene amounts of cheese.

Both the soda-fountain-esque cocktails and desserts, including boozy egg creams, fall under Sohla’s purview. Her towering, gonzo layer cakes alone are cause for celebration, sporting oversize sprinkles that add to their kid-like appeal. You’d be hard-pressed to finish a slice by yourself. And while ice creams offer a subtler sweet ending (subtlety being in short supply here) in flavors like banana-saffron and chocolate-cardamom, the El-Wayllys will gladly make you an epic sundae or banana split, just to remind you where you are.

Hail Mary
68 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
347-422-0645, hailmarybk.com

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Best Weekend Food Events: Cider Week, Amada’s Brunch, Sweet Treats Bazaar

Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café
101 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Café Bustelo is offering New Yorkers free coffee — including espresso and iced drinks! — all weekend long. The lineup includes free Cuban-inspired coffees like cortaditos, cafecitos, and or café con leche. If you’ve ever wanted to see how latte art gets created, foam whiz Michael Breach (of @baristart) will be demonstrating his techniques on Sunday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. Pastries will also be available throughout the weekend — but get there early, since there will be limited quantities.

Cider Week
Multiple Locations
Friday through October 31

It’s Cider Week! And that means over 70 New York-area restaurants, bars, and specialty grocery stores will be offering plenty of deals. From a cheese and cider pairing session at Lucy’s Whey ($30) to a cider and pizza deal at Taproom307, there are dozens of reasons to sip on the craft beverage, including the Lower East Side Cider Fest on Sunday. Check out the full event lineup and ticket prices on the Cider Week web site.

Meet Sqirl’s Jessica Koslow and Author Michael Kalanty
Union Square Greenmarket (Broadway at East 17th Street & Union Square)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Los Angeles jam maker Jessica Koslow (of Sqirl fame) and bread guru Michael Kalanty will both be at the Union Square Greenmarket to sign copies of their books this Saturday. Koslow will be sharing her book, Everything I Want to Eat, which looks at the new wave of California-style cooking. Kalanty will show off How to Make More Bread, which focuses on wild yeasts and modern bread recipes.

New Brunch
Amada (250 Vesey Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Iron Chef Jose Garces’ newly opened restaurant will debut a brand-new brunch this weekend. The menu includes Andalusian-themed dishes — including an omelette with Manchego cheese and crispy potatoes, sangria pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream, and a tomato-pepper stew with eggs and Serrano ham.

Artisanal Sweet Treats Bazaar
Grand Bazaar NYC (100 West 77th Street)
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This weekend, macaron, donut, and ice cream sandwich makers will all gather under one roof to prime New Yorkers for the onslaught of Halloween sweets. Vendors at the bazaar includ the Harlem Chocolate Factory as well as Too Cool Chix Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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Best Weekend Food Events: BreakFestival, Margarita Deals, Electric Beach Party

Lobsterpalooza Dinner
Mermaid Inn (All locations)
Saturday through Monday

All locations of Mermaid Inn are offering a special Lobsterpalooza dinner throughout Labor Day weekend, where $28 gets guests a one-and-a-quarter-pound lobster along with side dishes. The Mermaid Inn will also offer its summer and regular happy hour with specials including $1 East Coast oysters and drinks priced from $5 to $8.

The BreakFestival

SolarOne (24-20 FDR Drive Enter at 23rd Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Over twenty chefs from across the city will offer their best breakfast dishes and drinks at this walk-around tasting. Bites like French toast, bagels, biscuits, and a bacon station will be available throughout the day with a variety of events like a no-hands pancake eating contest, egg toss competition, and a “breakfast around the world” experience. Tickets are $45 for each session. Reserve yours here.

Labor Day Brunch
Social Drink & Food (570 Tenth Avenue)
Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Chef Gabriel Israel is offering a special Labor Day brunch ($18) which includes a complimentary watermelon bellini with the purchase of an entree. Guests can choose from malawach sandwiches as well as a signature burger and a sweet Moroccan crepe. Drinks ($4 each) include Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas.

$5 Bulldog Margaritas
Blockheads (All locations)
Monday

All Blockheads locations will celebrate Labor Day with $5 bulldog margaritas during lunch and dinner.

Beers and Tacos
Pinks (242 East 10th Street)
Monday, 4 p.m.

Be a part of the all-you-can-eat (and drink) crowd at Pink on Labor Day. The $30 deal is valid on select draft beers and tacos.

Labor Day Corona ‘Electric Beach’ Party
McCarren Hotel & Pool (160 N 12th Street, Brooklyn)
Monday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Reggae and Soca artist Jillionaire will entertain the folks at McCarren Hotel & Pool’s Labor Day bash. Indulge in $30 buckets of Corona as well as $5 Modelo and a tequila special. The full bar and food menus will also be available.

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Best Weekend Food Events: Poutine Week, Leyenda Brunch, National Tequila Day

Poutine Week Menu
Mile End Deli (53 Bond Street and 97 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn)
Friday through Sunday

Mile End’s bi-annual Poutine Week returns with a lineup featuring twists on the classic Canadian creation. The menu includes variations like barbecue brisket, cheeseburger, and chilaquiles poutine. All poutine styles will be served during lunch and dinner for $20.

New Brunch
Leyenda (221 Smith Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leyenda is offering a new weekend brunch showcasing customized brunch cocktails inspired by sangritas. Cocktails — which allow guests to add beer or a spirit to vegetable or fruit juice — are paired with dishes like chicken mole enchiladas, quinoa, churrasco skirt steak, and eggs.

Hangry Garden
Driggs and North 8 Street, Brooklyn
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m to 10 p.m.

A new weekend market in Williamsburg features food trucks like Kimchi Taco and Gorilla Cheese. There will also be live music and an independent artists’ marketplace, along with beer and wine.

Free Hot Dogs
Babeland (462 Bergen Street, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 5 p.m.

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with free ones at Babeland, courtesy of Crown Heights hot dog joint Reservoir Dogs. Babeland will also host a raffle guests can enter for a chance to win a gift basket worth $100. Make your free reservation here.

National Tequila Day Brunch
Toloache — Thompson (205 Thompson Street)
Sunday,  seatings at 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Raise a glass to National Tequila Day and enjoy a tequila-themed brunch featuring a two-hour open bar, tastings, and dishes that feature the spirit. Toloache’s lineup for the day includes tequila guacamole, enchiladas, and rib eye steak tacos. Brunch is $55 per person (excluding tax and tip). Guests can make a reservation by contacting the restaurant.

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Best Weekend Food Events: Corn Ice Cream Tacos, Broadway Jazz Brunch, Jamaican Jerk Festival

Sweet Corn Ice Cream Tacos
Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 Avenue South)
Friday through Sunday, 12 p.m. while supplies last

For just one weekend this summer, Dominique Ansel and Alex Stupak of Empellon are teaming up to bring heat-addled New Yorkers sweet corn ice cream tacos. Served in a masa corn waffle cone shell, these sweet treats are filled with Ansel’s sweet corn ice cream with roasted caramel. A sea salt and lime rim tops off all the tacos, which will go for $6 each. The bakery will also have homemade horchata throughout the weekend.

Running with the Beef’s La Puesta Del Sol

SolarOne (24-20 FDR Drive)
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fill up on barbacoa and mezcal at this walk-around tasting on the waterfront. Indulge in a curated mezcal tasting and nosh on bites from Hecho en Dumbo, Casa Enrique, and Casa Mono among others. Tickets ($65 for general admission) include unlimited beer, wine, and food. Reserve yours here.

Broadway Jazz Fest Brunch
The Lambs Club (132 West 44th Street)
Select Sundays through September 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Lambs Club is bringing Broadway stars — like Finding Neverland‘s Tony Yazbeck — to a weekly brunch, where guests will be treated to an hour-long performance before their meal. The brunch includes pastries and side dishes served family-style as well as an entree, beverage, and a take-home treat. Starting this week, the series will run select Sundays through September 25, featuring stars from Chicago, Motown, Waitress, and more. Guests can check out the calendar and make an advance reservation ($68 for adults, $35 for kids under 12) by contacting the restaurant.

Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (514 Union Street, Brooklyn)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Professional and amateur ice cream makers will square off in an ice cream battle where guests are the real winners — all the chilly treats will be available for tasting. Interested in proving your ice cream-making prowess? Send an email here. Just in it for the scoops? Tickets are $20 and available here.

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Roy Wilkins Park (17701 Baisley Boulevard, Queens)
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy Jamaican food, a cook-off, and culinary demonstrations at the sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. The event also includes a celebrity appearance by Chopped winner chef Andre Fowles and a food pavilion filled with specialties like roasted corn, jerk chicken, and ribs. Tickets start at $30. Reserve yours here.